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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does dog training typically cost?

The average cost of dog training ranges from $60 to $155 per hour. But, your dog’s training might cost more or less depending on a number of different factors. For example, you might pay less if you schedule group classes instead of private instruction. The type of training (aggressive behavior, basic obedience, off-leash training, etc.) could have different prices as well. 

Get an exact cost estimate by contacting several dog trainers near you

Learn more about dog training cost factors.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a dog trainer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Utilize as many digital means as necessary when setting up appointments or consultations with dog trainers near you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the best way to begin is by conducting a search for dog trainers online. Compare services side by side, and ask each dog trainer you contact if it’s possible to schedule a consultation or appointment completely virtually. During this time, you should also discuss strategies for completing training and payments through digital means.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a dog trainer when social distancing?

Current CDC guidelines state, “Do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household.” It also explains that more studies are needed to understand if and how animals could be affected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and how this might affect human health.

If you’re uncomfortable with hiring a dog trainer right now, you can reach out to dog trainers in your area to see if they will let you book an appointment in the future when social distancing guidelines are lifted. Or, ask if they offer virtual or remote services.

If you do decide to hire a pro to train your dog in person, limit any physical contact with the trainer. Stay 6 feet apart, sanitize items and surfaces, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.   

Is dog training worth the money?

Dog training can be a highly rewarding investment for most dog owners. With dog training, you can establish a better, healthier relationship with your dog, who will learn to understand your commands and wishes. Your frustration levels may decrease, and you might be able to resume activities you’ve put off, such as having people over or taking your dog to public places (though, this is hard to guarantee because each dog is unique). 

Just remember that no amount of dog training will pay off if you don’t practice and follow the directions the dog trainer gives you. Consistency is the most important factor.

What do professional dog trainers do?

Dog trainers can perform a range of activities, ranging from training law enforcement dogs to working with therapy dogs or search-and-rescue dogs. However, most people hire dog trainers for obedience training. This is largely a process of training the human — much of how a dog interprets our behaviors, commands, tone and body language is counterintuitive at first. The trainer will typically come to your home to observe your relationship with your dog, teach you how to train a command and give you guidance for reinforcing it.

Is it ever too late to start training a dog?

It’s never too late to train your dog — “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a myth. Whether you adopt an older dog from the shelter or simply want to have a better relationship with your elderly dog, hiring a dog trainer can be a good investment.

Can I use digital payments to pay for dog training?

Many professional dog trainers accept digital payments instead of cash or check. One effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it is encouraging companies and services to onboard digital platforms like PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo and Square Cash as a means of curbing virus transmission risk.

When you contact dog trainers near you, ask if they’ll accept digital payments. This information is also typically available on their online profiles.

Do dog trainers offer remote or virtual services?

Although dog training is traditionally performed in person, the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused some professional dog trainers to move to remote training and virtual services. You can contact dog trainers near you to ask about the possibility of remote or virtual services. Also, ask whether all aspects of the process can be digital, including payment.

How can I find out if a dog trainer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Guidelines on essential services are constantly being updated by local and federal government agencies. To see which services qualify as essential COVID-19 service providers, start with your city or state’s government website.

A reliable list of federal guidelines is available on CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.  .

Does a dog trainer need to enter my home?

Depending on the type of dog training you need, a dog trainer may need to enter your home. Many behaviors that need to be corrected are associated with the dog being in the house. However, some types of training can take place virtually or even outside while observing safe social distancing practices.

Start by asking dog trainers in your area if they’ll perform a video consultation instead of an in-person one, and ask if they need to enter your home.

Reviews for Richmond dog trainers
Karen C.
I recently adopted a 4 yr old Chihuahua that needs basic training. Knowing nothing about dog training I hired Mel. She was prompt and has a lot of good techniques that my dog responded to.
Mel's Best FriendMel's Best Friend
Nerice C.
Stacey was extremely helpful in teaching my significant other and I how we deal with our aggressive and stubborn 4 month old pitbull puppy. I highly recommend her for people who don’t know much about how dogs communicate. She taught us about body language and what our dog interprets from that as well. Stacey teaches the owners how to handle and train your dogs which is very different from other dog trainers that I’ve met. She is informative and extremely attentive to small details that pertain to my dogs behavior. The knowledge we as owners learned through that one training session was well worth the cost of her services.
Heavenly HoundsHeavenly Hounds
Infinity H.
I have a black lab who is super energetic, can’t control her energy and is very friendly. My dog has been VERY crazy for the last couple of months and I’ve been looking for trainers from 20$ to 200$ and this program seems like it’s been the best fit. Instantly you could see how comfortable the dog is with the trainer!! He honestly has a way with dogs, very authoritative. Not too lenient but not too strict, which is exactly what my dog needs. After the evaluation, it was pretty clear, he knows what he’s doing and he explains everything on such a basic level of understanding. I’ve already booked more sessions with this program and I would suggest it to anyone with a dog who doesn’t have a lot of time in their daily lives!!
Lucinda S.
Jess is great to work with. She was very patient with my dog (who doesn’t like to walk on laminate floors…) and by the end of the session had her walking a few steps with confidence! She taught me a few skills and ways to train my dog until our next visit. Looking forward to it!
Positive Dog CoachPositive Dog Coach
Molika L.
Nate is an excellent dog trainer. We started to see huge improvements in our dog’s behavior within 24 hours. He explained his rationale for all of the interventions really well so we understood why we were doing what we were doing. Most importantly he uses a behavioral method that is effective in teaching the dog new skills and behavior across all contexts, long term.
Best Friends In BalanceBest Friends In Balance
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